Archive for November, 2014

Best Skate Sections Ever

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

After having a conversation about skateboarding with some youths that came into the shop recently I was shocked to learn what videos/skaters seem to get them hyped. Further more it was upsetting to hear that they hadn’t even heard of some of the videos that I had growing up. Got pretty emotional to hear one of the kids had never seen of Flip Sorry and Geoff Rowley’s section. So because of this I thought it would make sense to put some legendary sections from video’s that you may have missed in your era of growing up. So what are the best skate sections ever ? Well let’s start of with Geoff Rowley in Flip’s ‘Sorry’ released in 2002…

 

 

Another must see section is Gershon Mosley’s from Transworld Skateboarding video ‘The Reason’ released in 1999. Not only is this a mint part but it also includes some of the most famous spots like the Venice Beach ledges which you may remember from Tony Hawk’s pro skater 2.

 

 

Some British heritage next with Nick Jensen in Blueprints ‘First Broadcast’. This has to be one of my personal favorites. Jensen is still killing it to this day, you should also check out his shared part with Danny Brady in Lakai’s ‘Fully Flared’. Being a skater from Manchester England, there’s nothing quite like British videos to get you hyped to go skate. Maybe because you can relate to the spots and style of skating more than others.

 

 

Next to mix it up for all you gnarly transition skaters out there is Bob Burnquist. An absolute don on a skateboard. Capable of skating all types or terrain from the streets to bowls then vert ramps, this guy has it all. This is his part from The Firm’s ‘Can’t Stop’, keep your eye out for his blunt fakie in Barcelona at 1.22 as it is insane!

 

 

World Industries in 1996 changed skateboarding as they brought ‘Trilogy’ to your TV screens. Has to be one of the best of all time. It was so hard to choose someone featured in this video as they’re all amazing and each part is mind blowing. I decided to go with Kareem Campbell although others worth watching from this video are Marcus Mcbride, Jason Dill, Gino Iannucci, Lavar Mcbride, Ronnie Creager, Enrique Lorenzo, Daewon Song and many more….

 

 

Transworld need to be thanked for the amount of video’s they’ve produced of the years. The choice of skaters that they include in each one has been on point to the date/style of skating to that specific time. One’s to look out for are 4 Wheel Drive, The Sixth Sense, Feedback, In Bloom, Are You Alright, to the more recent ones such as A Time To Shine, Let’s Do This, And Now, Not Another Transworld Video to their newest Outliers. The one out them all which gets me hyped is ‘Free Your Mind’ which came out in 2003. Here’s Dan Drehobl’s part from it….

 

 

I had to include a part from Jason Dill and which one better than the his in Habitat’s ‘Mosaic’. Dill is a beast, has been on form since the beginning of street skating. A true legend! You will remember his killer part in ‘Mind Field’ that was out not so long ago. Also with all the sections I’ve mentioned they have been taken from an even better video as a whole. So if you get the chance watch the whole thing as the sections I like may not be the ones you do! I hope you find some inspiration because over the years these have kept me as hyped as a hype can be…. SK8 OR DIE moshers x

 


 


Seb Batty Welcome To The Black Sheep

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

 

This may not be Manchester’s best kept secret but what are you going to do when Seb’s out skating every single day in and around the city rocking Black Sheep this and that. Also we’ve held back this edit thinking it’d be dope to do a little interview to introduce Seb properly as he’s really a new comer to our UK shores but with the best intention and fellow Wigan pie rat Rikk Fields supposedly conducting said interview things just went adrift, or probably more appropriately ‘Up In Smoke!’

 

So it’s down to me to give you some what of a little introduction to the latest member of The Black Sheep Family – Seb Batty ! Basically he’s a full on 110% skate rat, out on his board till all hours of the night every single day and obviously when you’ve got the addiction that bad it’s going to come across in your skating as it does all so true with Seb. If your one of the few who’s managed to witness Seb cruising down the cage then you’ll know his consistency and style dripping trick bag can only be attained with such commitment. When not skating you’ll probably find him hot boxing the hell out of his car or just hanging out at the store trying to be understood with his hella mixed up accent (this is due to living all over the world and not cause of the fact he resides in Wigan.) 

 

In short we’re stoked to have Seb come ride with us and I know he’d like to thank Dwindle Distribution UK for hooking up the Enjoi flow status.

 

More to come from this one…… if he don’t disappear back to Honk Kong (and who could blame him, you’ve all seen their spots right!)

 

Tez

 

 

 

Big thanks to Isaac Wilkinson for the edit and photo’s. See more of Isaac’s work at www.blogsandbiscuits.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

 


It’s Too Early! Pre Festive Rant!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I’ve worked in the retail game quite a lot over the years, and I know that your big chains and companies  start preparing for Christmas and the festive period  quite early. In fact in my old work we used to have our ‘Christmas’ meeting at the end of August! Now I’m all for being prepared and that, but that’s not the problem I have with it.

 

So this my beef, I came into town the other day to buy my mum a card and some flowers for her birthday (basically it was the first week of November). I’ll just go to the card shop in the Arndale I thought ,you know the one – cheap and cheerful. So I walk in and there it is, Christmas this, Christmas that and blaring on the speakers was Slade’s Merry X-mas Everybody – a song you can never get away from this time of year (don’t get me wrong I’m pretty down for Slade) but ironically a song that was written in the SUMMER of 1973! Then that’s always followed by Wizzard I Wish It Could Be Christmas and somewhere along the line Cliff Richard rears his ugly head with Mistletoe and Wine! No need for Cliff at any time of year, but we’ve only just got into November chill out on the Christmas related beats!

 

 

Oh but wait, there’s more! Music in shops is one thing but on the same very day they start leaking adverts onto the telly with companies trying to out do each other. You know the ones, that well known drink that can take layers of crap off a one pence coin and make it look brand new or the quite up market department store and its bloody penguin. All night on Facebook getting re-shared and re-shared, I’m sick of that truck already and who in their right mind would give a penguin as a  Christmas present aye?!?!

 

 

 

Is it me just getting bitter as I slowly but surely get older? I mean, for me , December is the Christmas month NOT October or November. It just seems to be in your face earlier and earlier every year. Yes I know its getting to that time but its nearly a whole month and a half away! Christmas adverts would  be banned until the 1st of December if I was in charge!

 


 

 


Emerica Skate Shoes

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Emerica doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Started in 1996 this company has done so much for skateboarding and I feel like other companies are pushing real skate brands out of skateboarding which is bullshit. Emerica have been on point with every aspect of the company. Producing some of skateboarding’s finest video’s, designing the best skate shoes and sponsoring some of the raddest skaters out there. Andrew Reynolds has had a huge influence on the company and it wasn’t for him, I doubt it would be the brand it is today. Watch his section from Baker 3 below and I’ll be surprised if your not out skating later today….

 

 

Reynolds also has a section in Emerica’s ‘This is skateboarding’ which was released in 2003.  It also has parts from Heath Kirtchard, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman, Ed Templeton, Austin Stephens, Aaron Suski and many more. Probably my favorite video ever made. Here’s the full length video for you guys to get even more hyped…

 

 

The latest video they released was ‘Made’ which is once again and unbelievable watch! Having sections from new additions to the team such as Jerry Hsu, this hands down needs to be part of your DVD collection. It’s safe to say Emerica are on it. Also when it comes down to producing some of skateboarding’s finest skate shoes and clothing they have never failed to impress. I remember my first proper skate shoe after skating in trainers for many years and it was a pair of Emerica Heretic’s and they were dope. Bit chunky but that was the style back then, the difference between how big shoes were to how slim they are now is madness. Here’s some recent Westgate’s  they have brought out.

 

 

On top of their product they also hold a skate event every year called ‘Wild in the streets’ which has been a huge success. It has been hosted in different cities all over the world from London UK to Detroit USA. It’s pretty much letting all the skaters going wild in streets as one big crowd and skating various spots around the city. It’s amazing to see how many people attend the event. One big family getting together. Keep your eyes peeled for it next year as it will be as always be an event to remember…

 

 

It’s been a pleasure to see Emerica grow as a company. I hope it only gets even better as the years go on. The product is mint, the team will always be amazing as it has been for years. There is already a rumor of a new video ‘Made 2’ which is coming out in the near future. Just have a little think the next time your in a sports shop about to purchase some shoes because there could be a pair of dope Emerica’s waiting for you in your local skate shop. We at The Black Sheep are very proud to stock Emerica so come and have a look. I can guarantee you’ll be stoked on it….


Etnies x Plan B

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

 

Etnies and Plan B have had ties since the early 90s. They have once again joined forces to release a series of Etnies X Plan B shoes for you guys to get your hands on. The first of 3 they have decided to go with are the Scout’s. If you’ve not already seen or more importantly held them they are an extremely lightweight durable shoe. Probably not the best for skating but for chilling, running and day to day life they are perfect. 

 

 

The second out the 3 is the Marana. Now this is a shoe worth skating in. It’s exactly the same as previous Marana’s except they have replaced the Etnies logo on the side of the shoe with a Plan B logo. I would say it works really well. Sometimes when shoes do a collaboration with another company whether it being a board company or not, it always seems to be quite obvious and in your face. This is quite subtle and works really well. Etnies have also kept the colours quite simple and the material it’s made from will be perfect for a winter skate shoe.

 

Finally saving the best till last we’ve got the Marana E-lite. This is pretty much just an upgraded version of the Marana costing a little bit more. If your into your tech items then these will be perfect otherwise I would just recommend the standard Marana’s. Either way they’re both amazing skate shoes. The difference between the 2 is the E-lite has an increase in technology, durability and design.

 

All 3 shoes seem to be a favorite of Ryan Sheckler’s so I’m guessing this is the reason why they have decided to use these shoes in the collab. Also seems right as Sheckler is pro for both companies. Plan B are also dropping a new video called ‘True’ so this release fits in with the release of the the video. Keep your eyes peeled as it’s supposed to one to remember featuring sections from Plan B’s finest Danny Way, Ryan Sheckler, Pat Duffy, PJ Ladd, Felipe Gustavo and many more…. Have look below at the trailer to get you hyped on this mint collab and also an epic video to come….

 

 

 

 


Enjoi Oververt – Shop Premiere At The Black Sheep!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Keep Friday the 7th of November free as we at The Black Sheep Store will be having Enjoi’s newest video ‘Oververt’ premiered in our city center store. It will be starting at around 5.30pm so feel free to come and join us to watch skateboarding’s newest full length DVD. Enjoi has been producing some fine skateboards since the 2000’s. They have also brought out some banging clothing during their lifetime too so be sure to check them out over on our website.

 

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY OF ENJOI OVERVERT HERE

 

 

Good friend of ours Ben Raemers recently turned pro for them so this will be his first section in an international video and I’ve heard it’s powerful. One of the raddest dudes alive and an incredible skater. Good work Ben!! You can also expect sections from other team riders such as Cairo Foster, Caswell Berry, Wieger Van Wageningen, Louie Barletta, Nestor Judkins, Jose Rojo and Jimmy Carlin. The last full length video they released in 2006 called Bag Of Suck was one to remember, and then their promo footage was released in 2012 called Tweak The Beef, Oververt is going to be a full featured video with proper parts so I’m expecting some great things from this one. Here’s Caswell Berry with his section from Bag Of Suck to get you hyped….

 

 


Rybo Top Fives

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Black Sheep filmer, Pumf dogger ,beard repper ,snap chat enthusiast and Instagram killer, Ryan ‘ Rybo’ Hayes has recently joined us as a full member of the retail team here at the Black Sheep. Here are a list of his top fives so you can get to find out a little more about this raw Wiganer!

 

 

Top 5 Trips

  • Witchcraft – UK Hecticness
  • Cornwall – Seeing Eddie init
  • Newport – Carve Wiganers! ( Coz they wanna be wiganers!)
  • London – Fam!
  • Cornwall – Eddie again!

 

Top 5 Beards

  • Bit vein but mine!
  • Tez’s mighty beard!
  • Chris Haslam – my inspiration
  • Prime doggers!
  • French’s ( Witchcraft owner)

 

Top 5 Skate Essesntials

 

Top 5 Decks In The Shop

  • Black Sheep Target
  • Witchcraft Policeman
  • Deathwish Jon Dickson Overalls
  • PUMF
  • Enjoi Oververt

 

Top 5 People I’ve Had The Pleasure Of Meeting This Year

  • Arbel Samsonov
  • Alex Irvine
  • Sox
  • Steve Forstner
  • My Girlfriend ( I don’t have one!)

 

Check Rybo on the other side of lens with his section in the Wigan / Manchester scene video best believe! A local video brought to you by Rob Greenalgh, featuring himself, Rybo, Kayed Bouffler , Black Sheep’s own rippers Rikk Fields / Seb Batty and many more!  And while your at it give him a follow for some oh his ‘I do what I want’ antics! rybo_23 on the Instansta!